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Sean Clifford Is Arguably The Greatest Quarterback Of All Time

Updated on 9/23

Sean Clifford continued his dominance of the college football landscape during Penn State’s victory over Illinois in Champaign. The redshirt freshman went 1-1 through the air, completing a 44-yard bomb to Mac Hippenhammer.

The beautiful pass was nearly enough for a touchdown, but Hippenhammer was tackled down just short of the end zone.

Clifford is now 5-5 on his career for 195 yards (that’s a 100-percent completion percentage) and two touchdowns. Tua Tagovailoa has completed just 72.5 percent of his passes this season. Weak.

Give this man the Heisman already.

Updated on 9/16

Sean Clifford continued to prove that he is the greatest quarterback to step foot on any football field after his performance against Kent State. The redshirt freshman went 3-3 for 117 yards. Clifford’s passer rating now sits at 582.1 for the season according to ESPN — Tua Tagovailoa’s passer rating is just 233.3.

He even set the Penn State record for the longest pass in school history with this 95-yard touchdown to freshman Daniel George. This pass is what greatness looks like:

Sean Clifford for Heisman? More like Sean Clifford for Canton.

Original Story

Sean Clifford has taken one snap in college, but he certainly made the most of it.

Clifford, who was a blue-chip prospect out of Cincinnati and the first commit in Penn State’s 2017 recruiting class, got his first game action on Saturday night against Pitt in the dwindling moments of a 51-6 blowout. The 6’2″ redshirt freshman made an immediate impression:

With that 34-yard touchdown pass, Clifford became the greatest quarterback in college football history. 

The young quarterback’s passer rating, which takes into account attempts, completions, yards, touchdowns, and interceptions, is astronomical. According to ESPN, Clifford’s passer rating sits at 715.6. To put that number in perspective, Baker Mayfield put up a passer rating of 196.4 in his 2017 Heisman season.

That’s not to mention his perfect 100 percent completion rate in the passing game, which can’t be touched by the competition.

Does this mean that Clifford is more than three times better than Baker Mayfield, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft? I don’t see why not. The numbers don’t lie and it’s hard to imagine any quarterback making a bigger statement their first time entering a game.

Clifford dwarfs the passer ratings of other quarterbacks around the nation like Tua Tagovailoa (237.2), Will Grier (229.4), and Dwayne Haskins (218). Those numbers were enough to convince Matty Fresh, the man behind the famous Saquon Barkley and Trace McSorley songs, to commit to a Sean Clifford song.

The haters and losers will point to a lack of pass attempts and general play time as a sign that Clifford isn’t the most effective quarterback to have ever walked the earth. If they can point me to a quarterback who’s done more with a single snap, I’ll believe them.

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Derek Bannister

Derek is a senior majoring in Economics and History. He is legally required to tell you that he's from right outside of Philly. Email Derek compliments and dad-jokes at [email protected]

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